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Sawyer Fredericks starts his first song as his band deadlines the Sticker Mule free all-day music festival Saturday at the Wilbur H. Lynch Academy 4 Diamond Field in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Sawyer headlines free concert

AMSTERDAM — When 18-year-old singer-celebrity Sawyer Fredericks of Glen stepped on stage Saturday afternoon, it was as if the whole audience was on stage with him. He was greeted by screams and cheers, and a bevy of girls immediately captured him on their cellphones. Many others sported pins ...

Cross-country team heads to NYC

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s cross country-team is headed to one of the largest invitationals next month in New York City. Head Coach Bryan Yager gave a brief presentation on the meet to the Board of Education Thursday at Johnstown High School. Later in its ...

The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved the district's 2016-17 audit Thursday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Johnstown school district gets thumbs up on its audit report

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District received another good audit of its funds for 2016-17, the Board of Education heard Thursday night at Johnstown High School. West & Co., a Gloversville-based independent auditing firm, conducted the annual audit. Jill Tice of West ...

It is the way you look at things that truly matter

The rings we picked out for our wedding were beautiful. Mine, a white gold band featuring a vine design with few diamonds. His, a white gold, hammered band, a style he had always wanted. We scrimped and saved for them, eating $1 dinners and nixing coffee runs to Dunkin Donuts and ...

The start to The Canalway Trail in Fort Plain with a construction sign shown in this Thursday photo. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Trail to be paved

FONDA— The Montgomery County Bike Trail is getting un upgrade, making it easier to navigate and use. Montgomery County Legislature held its meeting Tuesday night at the Legislative chambers in the County office building at 64 Broadway St. One of the items on the agenda was Montgomery ...

Student released to wrong adult

GLOVERSVILLE — A case of mistaken identity in the Gloversville Enlarged School District lead to a police report of an attempted abduction, according to the district. In a letter posted on the district’s website, Kingsborough Principal Kimberly Ross explained the confusion was the result ...

The Sawyer Fredericks Band is seen during the taping of a new video Friday at The Glove Theatre in Gloversville.  (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Sawyer video shot at Glove

GLOVERSVILLE — Area nationally-known folk artist Sawyer Fredericks is having a very busy week locally, including filming his new video Friday at The Glove Theatre. The theatre and management for Sawyer kept tight wraps on the video project, with The Leader-Herald let in on the ...

Smart Waters initiative still possible

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson Monday acknowledged the city is still interested in a possible Smart Waters initiative with Fulton County. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11 tabled a resolution to prepare cost estimates to extend a waterline from the city of Gloversville to ...

Dayton King’s petitions officially invalidated

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King’s independent petition has been official invalidated. King confirmed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that his petition for the Gloversville Party line was found to be invalid for not having the year 2017 on the top of the petitions. “Rules are rules, ...

Hydrant flushing may cause water discoloration

GLOVERSVILLE —Discolored water may be an issue in the city following the flushing of hydrants. The Gloversville Water Department is advising residents that when hydrant flushing occurs, a surge in the water system can stir up the natural causing sediments in the waterlines. This is a ...

Montgomery County releases election final

The Montgomery County Board of Elections released the results for the 2017 Primary Election. For City of Amsterdam Alderman Ward 2, James Glorioso Jr. had 28 votes and Valerie Beekman with 21 votes. In Florida, Steven E. Anderson had 65 votes to William G. Weller who had 41 votes for ...

Construction progress at Fulton Montgomery Community College's Allen House is shown on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Allen House construction progressing along at FMCC

JOHNSTOWN — Progress is moving along at the under-construction Allen House building on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus. Ground was broken on the new building in June. The building is being constructed in part through a donation by the late George and Frances Allen of ...

Public hearing held for block grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council conducted a public hearing Monday regarding a Community Development Block Grant for Gloversville-headquartered Century Linen & Uniform’s expansion move to the Johnstown Industrial Park. No one spoke at the hearing at City Hall. Nicholas Zabawsky, a ...

Town of Glen singing sensation Sawyer Fredericks waits to be interviewed Thursday by area media at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The same ol’ Sawyer

AMSTERDAM — Sawyer Fredericks has changed, but not changed, since he won NBC-TV’s “The Voice” in 2015. He’s still the friendly town of Glen farm boy with an acoustic guitar strapped at the ready around his neck. In the words of Steve Miller, “Don’t take me too far away.” That ...

GHA budget shows deficit

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners has approved a $2.49 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year. During Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved the budget, which features a $168,105 deficit that the agency will need to make up with the use of fund ...

Council OKs grant use for bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday approved an agreement to access a $100,000 state grant to be used to replace the Miller Street bridge. The project may not be done until 2018, but the council took action at City Hall on a grant. The city applied for a $100,000 grant from the State ...

The Common Council listens to city residents during the public hearing for the new zoning laws on Tuesday. Shown from left to right are, Matthew A. Agresta, controller, James Martucello, 5th ward, Rodney Wojnar, 4th ward, Laura Barquero, clerk, Mayor Michael Villa, William Lorman, Edward W. Russo, 1st ward, Chad Majewski, 3rd ward, and Paul Ochal, 2nd ward. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Residents question zoning laws

AMSTERDAM — The Common Council held a public hearing Tuesday night to allow residents to give their feedback and concerns on updating the city’s zoning laws. Aldermen then voted unanimously to update the zoning laws. There were three residents who spoke during the public hearing. ...

Johnstown departments detail ongoing efforts, reports

JOHNSTOWN — A joint calendar effort between the Johnstown Public Library and the Greater Johnstown School District was discussed at the Common Council meeting Monday night at City Hall. Library Director Erica Wing gave her liaison report, noting her facility is now offering its second ...

National hunting and fishing day is Saturday

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday. National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September to promote outdoor ...

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Teacher allegedly had sex with teen

JOHNSTOWN — A town of Johnstown man who is also an instructor at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, has been charged with having inappropriate contact with a teen after city police say he had a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old. Keith D. Hanchar, ...